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Selected Stories by Alice Munro
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Munro does a really fantastic job of creating very three-dimensional characters. She's able to compress an entire novel's worth of story-telling into 30 or so pages. My only problem with this collection is that in reading the stories one after another, the characters being to appear quite similar to one another. Middle-aged, divorced female reflecting seems to be the common ground. Of course, I believe these stories came in Munro's own middle age, and it reflects that. Still, she does an excellent job of making each character and story unique and distinct despite this common base.

The wisdom that comes with age is easily seen in the way her characters reflect, revise, and recall. The stories bring into question a variety of things--the nature of memory, life, death, aging, etc. I'd definitely recommend Ms. Munro as a writer and I'd recommend this volume, but I would recommend reading the stories with some space in between so as to make each story distinct.
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September 29, 2012 – Started Reading
September 29, 2012 – Shelved
April 30, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read

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